BEIJING, March 10 (Xinhua) -- China's
cabinet Tuesday ordered local governments and central governmental
departments to carefully prepare for the implementation of newly-adopted
Food Safety Law, with special focus on the safety of dairy products.
General Office of the State Council,
or the Cabinet, said in a circular to the departments and local governments
that the law, which goes into effect on June 1, must be enforced in a
"down-to-earth" manner in order to ensure food products safe to
The law, adopted by the national
legislature on Feb. 28, has been widely seen as a new push to improve food
safety in the country through stricter monitoring and supervision, tougher
safety standards, recall of substandard products and severe punishment on
"Governments and relevant
departments should take all responsibilities stipulated by the law to
enhance supervision and monitoring, and to seriously deal with officials if
they fail to perform the duty," said the circular.
The Ministry of Health was asked to
create a new set of unified national standards on food safety, as
stipulated by the law, by coordinating and revising current standards.
The revision of safety standards on
dairy products should be done as soon as possible, said the circular.
Standards should also be made or
revised to tighten the control of bacteria, pesticide residue, heavy metal
and polluting materials in food products, as well as the use of food
"All safety standards should be
available for the public for further consultation," said the circular.
Governments at various levels were
also ordered to give "necessary" support to the monitoring and
supervision work, and mass media are encouraged to help raise public
awareness of the law.
"The implementation of the law is
of great significance because food safety directly matters the people's
health and safety, the nation's economic growth and social stability,"
The law was adopted following some
food scandals that triggered vehement calls for overhauling China's current
Although the country had certain food
quality control systems in place for many years, lots of loopholes emerged
in past years, mainly due to varied standards, lack of sense of social
responsibility among some business people, lenient punishment for violators
and weaknesses in testing and monitoring work.